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Season 4 Episode 2

But for the Grace of God

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Allison tries to help investigator Cynthia Keener find a missing teenage girl. Meanwhile, Ariel dreams of Allison's high school days from the 80's after being asked out to a concert without any chaperones.

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  • Ariel begins dreaming dreams that answer the case Allison is working on.

    Ariel begins dreaming about things in Allison's teen age life and even attempts some of the endeavors herself. A child is missing. Cynthia Keener brings over some trinkets from the missing girl but Allison can't get a read on them. Cynthia, impatient, pretty much tells Allison she has paid her for her services but the arrangement is not going to work out. Ariel, meanwhile wants to go to a concert without adults and following the lead of one of her dreams she figures out a way to ascertain the sought after tickets. Except she gets busted. But it is Ariel's dream that leads to the break in the case and Cynthia Keener gives Allison another chance following the successful outcome in the missing child case.moreless
  • Great episode this fourth season!

    The fourth season has shown a lot and have brought out the emotions of Allison once the cat was let out of the bag. And that the emotions with her and her family are showing but in a good kind of way. The case Allison is working on Ariel is having dreams with. At a prom for the 80's and how those dreams match with her case. Angelica Houston brings a lot to the table in this show. As I hope that she will become a regular as she is a good fit to the show. Think that the fourth season has been the best season so far.moreless
  • Slightly predictable

    As my summary suggests I had already picked that it was the friend that Ariel was dreaming about approximately 1/2 way through the episode. Having said that though (and the fact I missed the first episode of the series - programming issue) it was a nice change to watch a fresh episode where not everything worked out - Casey being already dead.

    It showed the bond between mother and daughter and the frustrations that us normal people feel when money is very tight - this gave it a sense of realism. I did though miss having Lee and the District Attorney in it.

    Overall a good episode that was well executed - though I hope the character of Cynthia is only temporary as she really got on my nerves!moreless
  • great episode

    Allison dreams about Ariel getting into a deadly accident. Cynthia employs the expertise of Allison for a case that might have something to do with her dream. Ariel dreams about a teenage girl who might have a connection with the girl that's missing. It's a really cool episode. Ariel gets to see her mom in the past. The 80s scenes were so cool, they got the vibe of that era portrayed artistically. I love this episode, i can't wait for the next one. the did a great job with the story, the actors were awesome, the story is well written, and it's also well directed.moreless
  • A rare miss for an incredible show. Young Allison seemed as if she was a brand new character.

    It is always bound to happen once in a long while, but this episode was very poor. First of all, I always hate recasting parts, which is exactly what they did. I was at first excited to see another flashback episode coming, and was looking forward to seeing Sofia Vassilieva interacting with Jessy Schram. Much to my dismay, Schram was replaced by Jennifer Lawrence. It is one of my greatest pet peeves to replace actors in the middle of a show, accept in the cases of death of an actor. Even without the replacement, young Alison seemed very out of character. It does not seem at all in Allison's character to sneak out of the house lie to her parents, and being a total female dog. Changing the character in order to suit the story is not an excuse, since the character was already there. There are plenty of stories that could have been told, with Ariel traveling back in time to visit her teenaged mother played by the real young Allison.moreless
Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Young Allison

Guest Star

Danielle Hernandez

Danielle Hernandez


Guest Star

Andrew James Allen

Andrew James Allen


Guest Star

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Cynthia Keener

Recurring Role

Holliston Coleman

Holliston Coleman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Allison awakens after her first dream about Ariel she is holding a book: A Brief History of Time by the notoriously known Stephen Hawking. In this book Stephen Hawking attempts to explain several subjects in cosmology and advanced physics to the plain reader.

    • When Ariel awakes from her final nightmare she screams, loudly enough to send both Joe and Allison immediately running. Yet Bridgette and Marie do not show up, and no indication is given that they heard anything.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Joe: (handing Allison the phone) Hey, you see that? All bad things don't necessarily come to an end: it's Cynthia Keener for you.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 21st, 2008 on Network 10
      The Netherlands: February 24th, 2008 on Net 5
      Sweden: April 10th, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: May 13th, 2008 on TV2
      United Kingdom: September 10th, 2008 on BBC1
      Poland: February 23rd, 2009 on AXN
      Czech Republic: March 20th, 2009 on Prima
      Hungary: April 2nd, 2009 on Hallmark Channel
      Finland: October 7th, 2009 on Nelonen

    • Although credited, Miguel Sandoval (D.A. Manuel Devalos) and Maria Lark (Bridgette DuBois) do not appear in this episode.

    • The original broadcast of this episode aired on the evening of Sunday, January 13, 2008 on Canada's CTV, one night before the official United States NBC premiere.

    • Anjelica Huston is billed as a "Special Guest Star".

    • Featured Music:
      "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters (after Ariel is asked to a concert on Saturday; when Allison tries to get visions while touching the missing girl's belongings)
      "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears (as roll is called at young Allison's school)
      "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House (young Allison cries while singing this in one of Ariel's dreams and again at the end as Ariel sleeps)
      "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players (at the skating rink)
      "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung (during Ariel's dream when she's in the car with the two older boys and young Allison)
      "Dance With Me" by Destiny's Child

    • Jennifer Lawrence, who previously guest starred on Medium as another character, has now taken over for Jessy Schram as young Allison.